It’s quite a challenge to raise your children in front of a national audience. It’s even more of an accomplishment when parents everywhere admire you for how respectful and in love with God your children are.
That’s one of the most frequent responses Korie Robertson has gotten in the years since her family’s television show, A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” first aired. She and her husband, Willie, have six children, three of whom they’ve adopted.
If you’ve seen the show, you’ve probably noticed that the couple’s children always answer adults with a “Yes, ma’am” or a “No, sir.” Fans often ask her how she teaches her kids to be respectful and to have a deep faith in Christ.
Her philosophy of parenting is summed up in one question: “What values do you want to instill into your kids?” For her, the words “strong” and “kind” immediately come to mind.
“Strong” because life isn’t always easy. Eternal values combined with a deep faith in God allow children to bend without breaking when tough times hit.
And “kind” because children need to learn that other people matter, too. The family as a whole is more important than the individual. Every child deserves to be treated like the unique creation he or she is, but one child should not always take precedence over the rest of the family.
I’ll be talking with Korie about great parenting tomorrow on our broadcast “Developing Godly Character in Your Child.” I hope you’ll join us on your local radio station, online, or on our free phone app. We’ll be discussing her book, “Strong and Kind and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed.”
We can take heart in knowing how much God loves our children and works in their lives to mold them into His image. But there’s a lot parents can do to raise kids with godly character. Korie will share how she and Willie have taught their children values they’ll carry with them for a lifetime, and she’ll help you believe you can do the same with your family.